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Colombia Unemployment

Colombia Unemployment

Unemployment in Colombia

Colombia's unemployment rate from 2013 to 2022 was moderately high, reflecting ongoing issues like informal employment, modest economic growth and regional disparities. The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 significantly increased unemployment, exacerbating existing labor market vulnerabilities. By 2022, as the economy recovered, unemployment rates began to decrease, but the country continued to face challenges in creating quality jobs and reducing informality in the labor market.

The unemployment rate in Colombia averaged 11.0% in the decade to 2022, above the 8.2% average for Latin America. The unemployment rate in Colombia was 11.2% in 2022. For more unemployment information, visit our dedicated page.

Colombia Unemployment Chart

Note: This chart displays Unemployment Rate for Colombia from 2014 to 2023.
Source: DANE Colombia.

Colombia Unemployment Data

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unemployment (% of active population, aop) 10.0 10.9 16.7 13.8 11.2
Consensus Forecasts and Projections for the next ten years

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